An exchange of ideas, thoughts and emails, soon we were in the midst of comparing our calendars in search of free dates. The rest came so easy. As Sumayya Jamil from the famed niche blog Pukka Paki and I put our heads together great things began to flow and it was hard to stop them. I shared my concept with Sumayya about creating a slightly different workshop series I am planning to execute next year and she put her faith in me and my idea, joining me for the first in this series.
Before we knew it we had chiseled out a fantastic schedule, booked the perfect venue and planned a luscious menu for what I hope will be an amazing 2 day Supperclub | Food Styling and Photography Workshop in London, UK.
The idea is to create a full food experience for the people who attend this workshop. Broken down it’s a food styling/photography workshop, where you will learn all the elements you need to hone your skills in food photography and learning how to find your way through the jungle of food styling to create the perfect set-up. Moreover, I am thrilled to have our special guest Jeanne Horak-Druiff, who will be teaching an extensive session on restaurant and low-light photography we will address the needs of bloggers and reviewers who need to polish their skills in taking photos in busy restaurants and with nasty lighting. There will be many practical exercises, a lot of theory and an on-location shoot. Sumayya will take our participants on a divine culinary tour, where you will not only learn different cooking techniques used in the Indian/Pakistani kitchens and create some mouth-watering dishes, but you will also indulge in an array tantalizing South-Asian street food.
We have booked the stunning kitchen at the Central Street Cookery School, which provide huge windows streaming with gorgeous natural light, plenty of space for cooking, styling, photographing and eating! Being very centrally located the Central Street Cookery School is absolutely ideal, providing an exceptional experience for us over the course of the two days.
How does all this sound? If I have enticed you some here are the details of what we will cover, what the course costs are and where you can register.
Dates to diarize: February 15th-16th, 2013
Location: Central Street Cookery School, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ
Day one - Friday 15th February 2013
- Meet & Greet Brunch - prepared by Sumayya
A feast for the senses - Sweet, Spicy Sub-Continental Brunch:
This menu is based on Pakistani brunch-style, with Sumayya's contemporary twists along the way. Usually always a mixture of sweet, sour, hot and many different textures, flavors and aromas, this is a beautiful celebration of South Asian spicy sweet breakfasts!
- Photography Fundamentals by Meeta
Mastering the camera, natural light techniques, focusing, learning the techniques etc.
- Styling Fundamentals by Meeta
Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
- Free-Style Photography Exercises
Short exercises to warm you up
- Evaluation and presentation of exercises
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
- Restaurant photography by Jeanne Horak-Druiff
- Pushing Photoshop by Jeanne Horak-Druiff
Post-processing your low-light images
- Gastropub Photo shoot
On location photo shoot to practice taking shots in a restaurant atmosphere and in low light conditions.
- Dinner at Gastropub
Day two - Saturday 16th February 2013
- Enlightening yourself with Lightroom by Meeta
Workflow, post-processing, watermarking, tagging
- Styling demo with Meeta
- Styling session for assignment with group
- Cooking session and demo with Sumayya
This will include different quick techniques of
Tempering - using hot oil/ghee to top temper a street style lentil dish with dried chillis, cumin, garlic topped with fresh coriander and ginger
Paratha bread making - making ghee flat breads on a flat pan and rolling them out
Deep frying street snacks - dipping vegetables in spicy chickpea batter, frying and serving quickly topped with spicy chaat masala and lemon
- Lunch prepared by Sumayya
A walk through a South Asian-style food Street - based on a street style Pakistani / Indian menu, will include kebab rolls, tarka daal, pakoras, bun kebabs, chaat and sweet samosas
- Intensive work on assignment
- Evaluation, discussion & critique on assignment
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on assignment
- Finale Cocktails by Sumayya
Be surprised by Sumayya’s luscious cocktail creations like Anartini, Imlitini and more.
Does NOT include:
- 2 day food styling, photography and cooking sessions with Sumayya, Meeta and Jeanne
- Friday: Meet & Greet Brunch, Dinner at Gastropub
Saturday: Lunch, Cocktails
- Snacks and beverages during the workshop
- Travel costs
Registrations can be made using the registration form and are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis
Limited to max 12 participants
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